Bowling for Rhinos

Our chapter will hold it’s 3rd annual Bowling For Rhinos event on October 7, 2013! We have raised just over $5000 in our first two years, and we hope that this year is our best one yet!

What is BFR?
Each year the American Association of Zoo Keepers (AAZK) sponsors a fund raising bowl-a-thon called "Bowling For Rhinos" (BFR).  Over 60 AAZK chapters participate throughout the US and Canada, raising over $300,000 annually.

BFR funds support Lewa Wildlife Conservancy in Kenya, Ujung Kulon National Park in Java, Indonesia, and Bukit Barisan Selatan National Park and Way Kambas in Sumatra. These sanctuaries not only save rhinos but also these entire ecosystems!

100% of all BFR funds raised go directly toward in situ conservation projects, conserving rhinos, their habitats, and hundreds of other endangered plants and animals!

Why help rhinos?
Rhinos have lived on earth for over 50 million years but whether they survive even 50 more years is open to speculation. Only 5 species of rhino exist today when once there were over 100 species and all 5 species are endangered!

Three species are from Asia: Indian, Sumatran and Javan Rhinos. The Indian population remains at around 3,000. The Sumatran numbers fewer than 100 and the Javan has only between 35 and 45 animals. Two species are from Africa: White and Black Rhinos. Only the white rhino with a population of 20,400 seems to be somewhat safe from extinction. Only 5000 black rhinos remain in isolated populations. The main threat to rhinos is poaching for the international rhino horn trade.